Organized: Under the Kitchen Sink

Jan 24

Everyone with small spaces in their home struggles to get them organized…and maintain that organization. And nothing gets more “small space” than the cabinet under your kitchen sink. The kitchen in my new house is very small…

 

While I’m making this cozy little kitchen work hard for me, it was necessary to tackle the smallest high traffic area in this space. Yup, under the sink…

 

We are all guilty of shoving things away under the kitchen sink. It’s too easy to toss things down there and close the cabinet doors. Today, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to not only keep what you need under the sink, but to create even more space and make it look nice and organized too!

Here is the space under my sink. Left side before…

Left side after…

Right side before…

Right side after…

Now that I’m totally in love and crushing on my newly organized kitchen sink cabinet, here’s how I did it so you can fall in love yourself!

First, I cleaned the entire space. Amazing how dirty it was under there. Once it was clean, I added some gripping contact sheet on the bottom. This is optional, but I wanted to freshen up down here since the house was built in 1960 and the kitchen sink/cabinet is definitely showing its age…

I just cut 2 sheets down to size…

 

Then I DIY’d 2 trash bag holders, which I shared yesterday

Once the trash bags were up off the bottom of the cabinet, I had all of this space to work with…

To contain the sponges, scrub pads, and other small cleaning items, I used 2 clear shoe boxes from The Container Store. These aren’t only stackable, but they’re drawers. Which means I don’t have to unstack them to get to the contents. All I have to do is slide the drawers open…

 

 

I’ve had this acrylic canister for years under my kitchen sink. It’s great for holding dish tabs…

To create even more space, I used the inside of a cabinet door to make use of additional vertical space. I created this…

by using just a few of the Martha Stewart Home Office Wall Manager components. I hung the accessory board using Command adhesive strips…

 

 

 

Now I have a little space to clip up those wet gloves and hold a small container of dish soap and a sponge. And if anything gets yucky, all I have to do is remove the plastic pieces for easy washing…

Martha Stewart Home Office….apparently not only for the home office.

Fits really well under here with no issues closing that cabinet door…

Another tip to create more space? Use your sink piping to hang the cleaning product bottles…

Finally, add a box of baking soda in the back of the cabinet. This will help keep this moist area from smelling bad…

There you have an organized kitchen sink cabinet…

 

 

 

 

And there’s still more space left open…

 

 

In case you’re looking for a quick and fun weekend organization project, here’s my list of go-to products for under the kitchen sink…

 

1. Martha Stewart Wall Manager Small Caddy = $7.29

2. Martha Stewart Wall Manager Accessory Holder = $9.99

3. Martha Stewart Wall Manager Clips = $4.79 for a set of 2

4. Plastic Shoe Drawers from The Container Store = $8.99 each

5. Acrylic Canister from The Container Store = $11.99 to $14.99

Since we’re talking kitchen, here are a few of my current kitchen favs. This J.R. Watkins soap is on sale at Target right now. My fav scent is lemon…

Ms. Meyer’s Lavender Countertop Spray and Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar…

Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway from Wire Shelf Additions! Enter here to win this awesome 5-Tier Shelf!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

comments +

  1. Simply LKJ says:

    I too use the clear drawers from the Container Store. I use them in our bathrooms as well. Love the idea of using the MS grid on the back of the cabinet door.

  2. Jill says:

    I loved your post and you've given me some great ideas on cleaning my under-sink space. Just got to figure out where to put the garbage. 🙂

    • So glad you liked it! Yes, the trash is always an issue. I have mine sitting out near the kitchen. Eventually when I re-do the kitchen I'll have it put away somewhere. But it doesn't fit under the sink! Plus, I do so much recycling that I have a trash can for that too! haha!!

      xoxo

  3. Crystal says:

    Great organization. I love the clear pull out drawers for the sponges and the Martha Stewart Grid. Awesome!

  4. I love the idea of using the Martha Stewart Home Office Wall Manager for the door of the kitchen sink. Ingenious!

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  5. Dottie says:

    I love your organization ideas! We just moved into our new home and I am really wanting to get and keep this place well organized so I can keep a better handle on it. Bless Pinterest for leading me to you. I now have my project for the week: setting up under my kitchen sink. I will be following you from now on. Thank you! 🙂

  6. tmcmillion says:

    This is a great use of space. And I am totally knocking off your trash bag idea. Thanks for sharing!

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